40 F. high on April 10, 2013.
60s into Saturday.
20-25 F. cooler by Sunday afternoon.
"Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it" Mark Twain mused. Little has changed since 1889. The weather still affects an estimated 30 percent of America's GDP; everything from agricultural yields to transportation, supply chains and tourism.
Why weather? Because I'm not nearly smart enough to be a doctor, lawyer or engineer. And there's the intellectual challenge of attempting to predict the weather AND communicate the implications.
That, and some great toys. Um, tech. Soon, Doppler radar on my car dashboard, Google Glass, maybe my molars?
In my 31 years here in Minnesota I've never seen locals so disgusted by winter. None of us will (ever) take spring for granted again. We needed this warm front.
Expect 60s into Saturday with a growing chance of showers. The atmosphere may be just unstable enough for the first thunderclaps of 2014 by Saturday, heralding the arrival of a cooler, March-like airmass the first half of next week. As long as it doesn't snow I'll be able to walk the dog without looking over my shoulder.
Lake ice is thinning, dirty snow piles shrinking. No bugs, ghastly dew points or severe storm warnings to complicate matters. This year we'll ease into spring.
The Future Of "Made In America" Is Tesla, Not Ford. Quartz has the story; here's a clip: "...The giant F150 topped cars.com’s American-Made index last year, which measures where parts come from, where the car is assembled, and sales. But that could soon change. According to Morgan Stanley, Tesla vehicles could soon claim the top spot on that list, once the company’s much-vaunted $6-billion gigafactory to produce its own lithium-ion batteries is up and running. By then, more than 90% of the stuff used to build Tesla’s cars might be from America, according to Morgan Stanley, compared to 75% for the F-150..."
Photo credit above: "Beijing artist Liang Kegang poses with the jar of fresh air collected in Provence, France, in an art gallery in Beijing, China. The jar of air has fetched $860." Photograph: Didi Tang/AP.
TODAY: Mild, few pop-up showers. Winds: SW 10. High: 66
FRIDAY NIGHT: Another shower possible. Low: 47
SATURDAY: Numerous showers, possible T-storms. High: 68
SUNDAY: Turning breezy and cooler with lingering clouds. Wake-up: 39. High: 45
MONDAY: March relapse. Gray and chilly. Wake-up: 32. High: 44
TUESDAY: Heavy jackets. Brisk. Wake-up: 27. High: near 40
WEDNESDAY: Fading sun, not as cold with intervals of sun. Wake-up: 28. High: 47
THURSDAY: Feels like spring again. Wake-up: 35. High: 57
Photo credit above: " " Credit Olivia Locher for The New York Times.
* You can watch Episode 1 here.
10 Places To Visit Before They're Gone: A Bucket List For A Warming World. Alarmist and premature? I sure hope so. Here's a clip from Grist: "Summer is just around the corner and, after a winter like this one, it’s high time to start making those vacation plans. Of course, our buoyant spirits were somewhat dampened by the latest U.N. climate report. Spoiler alert, it wasn’t real good, well, unless you’re into horrific droughts, monster storms, heat waves, mass extinctions, failing crops, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria, in which case, jackpot!..."